Quick Answer: Are Horses And Zebras Related?

Yes, a zebra is a species of wild horse that lives in Africa.

Zebras are members of the Equidae family of the genus Equus.

The Equidae family (known as equids) also includes horses and asses, but zebras are not merely striped horses, they’re a different species from the horse.

Are zebras in the same family as horses?

The plains zebra and the mountain zebra belong to the subgenus Hippotigris, while Grévy’s zebra is the sole species of subgenus Dolichohippus. The latter resembles an ass, to which zebras are closely related, while the former two look more horse-like. All three belong to the genus Equus, along with other living equids.

What is the difference between a zebra and a horse?

Size and Build

Horses are generally larger than zebras. Zebras range in height from about 1.2 to 1.5 meters, whereas a horse can generally grow to about 1.8 meters. In terms of build, zebras more closely resemble donkeys than horses in conformation.

Deer (most of them, if not all?) are of the Cervidae family, whereas horses belong to the Equidae family. Deer species at the upper center to the right, equine middle right. They’re not even closely related to each other.

As such, all asses and zebras are equally closely related to horses. Horses, donkeys and asses all belong to the same family…Equus Caballus. The three are so closely related that a donkey and a zebra can both be successfully bred to a horse. The donkey/horse producing a Mule.